Kohli should leave captaincy in all formats, says Shahid Afridi

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“He’s a top batsman and he can play freely without any other pressure,” says ex-Pakistani skipper

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi believes India captain Virat Kohli should step back from being a leader in all formats of the game to flourish as a batsman for his country.

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Speaking on Samaa TV channel, Afridi said BCCI’s decision to appoint Rohit Sharma as India’s T20 captain was a good move. This was after Kohli stepped down as T20 captain at the end of India’s T20 World Cup campaign.

“I think he has been a wonderful force for Indian cricket but I think it would be best if he decided to retire as captain in all formats now,” Afridi said.

“I played with Rohit for a year and he’s an exceptional player with a top-notch mentality. His biggest asset is that he can stay relaxed where needed and be aggressive when it’s needed. is most needed,” he added.

The Pakistani star said Rohit has the mental toughness to be a good captain and he showed it with his IPL Mumbai Indians franchise.

“He’s a top player with great shot selection and he has the mentality to be a good player leader,” he said.

Afridi played with Rohit for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League’s launch year.

On Kohli’s decision to step down as T20 captain, Afridi said he expected that to happen. Afridi felt that Kohli should give up the captaincy and focus on his batting now in all three formats and having fun.

“…I think Virat should resign as captain and enjoy his rest of cricket, which I think is in abundance. He is an excellent batsman and he can play freely without any further pressure on his mind. He will enjoy his cricket,” Afridi said. .

Kohli, 33, also recently stepped down as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the IPL.

Outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri hinted in a recent interview that Kohli could also step down as ODI captain and focus solely on leading the Test team, a format he enjoys most.

Kohli hasn’t scored a Test century since late 2019.

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